What is a Felony?


A felony is any crime where the punishment could be more than one year of jail.  There are three classes of felonies in Washington State: A, B and C, below is a grid showing the possible punishments by class.

Cases are sentenced based on the Sentence Reform Act of 1981, this act established the "score" of the seriousness of the crime and the level of sentencing, I - XVI, Level I being the least serious. The score is based on the level of offense and the type of prior convictions.


Class A Felonies   Life in prison and/or $50,000 fine
Class B Felonies   Up to 10 years in prison and/or $20,000 fine
Class C Felonies   Up to 5 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine